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American Heart Association says Menopausal Women have lower risk of dying from Heart Attack than Men

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – While menopause is commonly considered a risk factor for heart disease, menopausal women had a lower risk of dying from heart attack than men; however, this difference was less pronounced among blacks, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

In the first study to compare men and women and how menopause types impact risk of heart attack, researchers studied 23,086 black and white adults over age 45.

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American Heart Association report shows nearly half of Hispanics unaware they have High Cholesterol; less than a third treated

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Nearly half of Hispanic adults were unaware they have high cholesterol, and less than a third receive any kind of cholesterol treatment, in a new study in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Hispanics are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in America, with 52 million among the U.S. population, yet their awareness and management of high cholesterol lags behind other ethnic groups.

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American Heart Association says African-Americans at lower Socioeconomic Levels have increased risk of Heart Disease, Stroke

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – African Americans at lower socioeconomic levels, particularly women and younger adults, are at greater risk of heart disease and stroke than those in higher socioeconomic positions, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the No. 1 killer of all Americans, but the burden is greater for African Americans.

African Americans, especially women and young adults at lower socioeconomic levels have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. (American Heart Association)

African Americans, especially women and young adults at lower socioeconomic levels have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association, two other major organizations issue new recommendations for treating patients with High Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Disease

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – A new scientific statement issued jointly by three medical organizations and published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension, addresses how low to aim when treating patients with high blood pressure who also have vascular diseases.

The document provides an up-to-date summary on treating hypertension in patients who have both high blood pressure and have had a stroke, heart attack or some other forms of heart disease, said Elliott Antman, M.D., President of the American Heart Association and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Blood pressure monitoring. (American Heart Association)

Blood pressure monitoring. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says ‘Perfect storm’ of Stress, Depression may raise risk of Death, Heart Attack for Heart Patients

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – The combination of stress and heavy depression can significantly increase heart patient’s risk of death or heart attack, according to new research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

The study examined the effect of high stress levels and high depressive symptoms among nearly 5,000 heart patients.

Researchers say behavioral interventions may be needed to help heart patients manage both stress and depression. (American Heart Association)

Researchers say behavioral interventions may be needed to help heart patients manage both stress and depression. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says poor response to Cholesterol Drugs may indicate blocked Arteries

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – If your “bad” cholesterol level stays the same or increases after you take statin drugs, you may have more blocked arteries than people whose levels drop, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

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Tennessee Department of Health encourages everyone to prevent Heart Attacks

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health reminds everyone to make heart health a top priority during American Heart Month and throughout the year. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the number one killer of women.

“Heart disease is something everyone should take very seriously, and there are many things we can do to reduce our risk,” said Carolyn Wester, MD, MPH, Deputy Medical Director for the TDH Division of Family Health and Wellness. “If you have symptoms of a heart attack, seek help immediately. Every second counts.”

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American Heart Association reports Older Adults with limited mobility may lessen Heart Problems with Activity

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Older adults with limited mobility may lower their risk of heart attack and coronary death for every minute of physical activity, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“Reducing time spent being sedentary even by engaging in low-intensity activities could have important cardiovascular benefits for older adults with mobility limitations,” said Thomas W. Buford, Ph.D., senior author of the study and director of the Health Promotion Center of the University of Florida Institute on Aging in Gainesville, Florida.

Regular daily walking reduced the risk of stroke, regardless of the pace or distance. (American Heart Association)

Regular daily walking reduced the risk of stroke, regardless of the pace or distance. (American Heart Association)

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New American Heart Association Guidelines recommends Diets high in Fruit, Vegetables, Whole Grains and Nuts among factors to lower first-time Stroke Risk

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX –  Eating Mediterranean or DASH-style diets, regularly engaging in physical activity and keeping your blood pressure under control can lower your risk of a first-time stroke, according to updated AHA/ASA guideline published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

“We have a huge opportunity to improve how we prevent new strokes, because risk factors that can be changed or controlled — especially high blood pressure — account for 90 percent of strokes,” said James Meschia, M.D., lead author of the study and professor and chairman of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Fruit Stand. (American Heart Association)

Fruit Stand. (American Heart Association)

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New American Heart Association Support Network helps in Heart Disease, Stroke emotional recovery

 

Nashville assisting in development of new national “connect with others” site for heart and stroke patients, families, friends, caregivers

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – When Nashville mom Catherine Clinkscales’s son, Cain, was born with severe heart defects, the first place she turned to was the American Heart Association. Four years later, she’s helping the national American Heart Association reach out to other parents who may be facing similar challenges.

“At the time, I had no idea where to turn and I was looking to get connected with another family that was in our situation,” she said.

Catherine Clinkscales and her son Cain.

Catherine Clinkscales and her son Cain.

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